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Bitcoin can’t buy much of The Walking Dead

March6

Brian Patrick Cork:

http://lnkd.in/bdyzutp The Walking Dead franchise is more valuable than Bitcoin.

however, both generate hysterical reactions in people.

the word “hysterical” is another brilliant example of how “rich” the English language is with words that can have multiple meanings and applications.

it’s all quite corollary. that said, any zombie apocalypse gives us insight into what will happen to most people that buy into Bitcoin.

Will ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoff Succeed Where Others Failed? – fool.comAMC Networks’  The Walking Dead continues to be the top show on cable, and much like its zombies, the franchise…just…doesn’t…stop. There are video games, comic books, novels, action figures, a talk show, and even a companion spinoff in the…

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

brian cork is not Nehemiah

December1

you have the option to listen to this blog post via the following audio link: brian cork is not Nehemiah

so…

one promising day back in September Chip Brackley looked at me, square in the eyes, and said, “I think you should write about Nehemiah“.

to prepare for this post I had to go back and ask Chip to remind me why he wants me to focus on Nehemiah. he came back with:

Because it’s my favorite book of the Bible. Because he had a vision and he executed it with leadership and skill like no one else since or before.  Because God is tugging at you and wants you to write about what is important to him.

although, to be fair, I think Andy Stanley started this through one of his books, Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Personal Vision, and that was followed by a series of sermons known as Catalyst. however, I’ll submit it was God that is the root of this.

…I suppose that’s rather obvious if we look around ourselves. but, we can’t always see what we need to, or should.

it’s just about discernment. we all have a destiny. a purpose. we like the stories of Robin Hood, King Arthur, even Don Quixote because the sense of purpose, that Raison d’être speaks to something deep within our souls.

perhaps the very question of, “why am I here”, is where God was formed and always forged. man and those better around him will always say, “iron sharpens iron”.

we’ll safely assume that God put Nehemiah on the planet to set an example. I’d trust God to do that. causing a remarkable text book or parable reference book on the global market in the manner God did was fairly impressive./1 so, creating a figure (of Biblical proportions) that we might want to emulate, is probably well within His skill-set.

where do I get these ideas?

the inspiration, here, as you must recall, is Chip. but, that conversation started around correlative topics that include “transactional transparency”, “the authentic life”, “best practices”, and many other lines-of-thought that might define a philosophy that drives my life. so, if Chip see’s Nehemiah in-and-amongst that, I find myself compelled to discuss this and possibly strive to be like Nehemiah (except for the eunuch part).

mind you, I’ve just tapped the words, “possibly strive to be like Nehemiah” into existence. and, I may commit this post to audio, so I’ll also breathe the words into life (with no promethean intent, mind you). so, does that carry arrogance with it? or, have I challenged myself and now must hope better men than me like Chip and Andy will hold me accountable?

well… that’s the point, eh. years ago I started writing about, “Living Like Christ” (go find those pieces if you choose). and, all that was part of me avoiding a covenant of my own with Christ (or, God, or however the Christian’s try to define Him, or confuse others). I would say things like, “I don’t know if Christ actually rose from the dead”. and, “does it matter as long as I live my life ‘like Christ’. I also talked a lot about being Heterodox (in short that means appreciating the tradition but always questioning the foundation with an understanding that the truth of the day changes based on circumstances). I suspect I remain that, for the most part. but, I also know I both want to live my life like Christ, and some how find a way to believe what I need to. does that find you? or, do you find it?

so, can I be like Nehemiah if I am still “searching” as the Christians refer to that un-quixote-like quest? is it possible that in realizing my inner Nehemiah I’ll see that man in the mirror thus reflecting Christs’ example because He has somehow found his way into me?

bring it on, I say.

meanwhile, what is God’s commission of me? upon what stepping stone do I find my foot on today’s path?

I hang out all day helping my friends make better decisions. I use my super powers for good. I believe that good can and will always, if only eventually, over-come evil. and, I sincerely believe that I can or should some how be an example for all of that. or, is it more than that? something deeper.

oh hell… this is not going anything like I had mapped-out in my head.

it’s about vision, I think. a personal vision, and the other we must needs have in our minds-eye for the world around us.

however, vision is more than simply what could be. after all, what could be is simply an idea or a dream. vision also carries with it a sense of conviction.

vision always stands in contrast to the world as it is. vision demands change. but a vision also always requires someone to champion the cause. it takes someone who is willing to put his or her neck on the line. someone who has the courage to act on an idea.

its not only something that could be done, but what should be done. it’s something that must happen. it moves you from passive concern to action.

then there is that conviction. that sense of purposeful conviction that gives vision a sense of urgency.

this finally brings us to the story of Nehemiah who heard about the deplorable condition of his homeland from some of the exiles who had returned from Persia. just go find the Book of Nehemiah, and read verse 1-4). do it!

today the one (because there are others with different context) thing I find most encouraging about the story of Nehemiah is that he was just a regular guy who caught a divine glimpse of what could and should be. and, then went after it with all his heart.

years ago, Aubrey Nelson wrote of me:

“Brian Patrick Cork is a beautiful man BECAUSE of his many imperfections. They fuel his boundless optimism because he is convinced that he and every thing around him can, and will, always improve.

I have known Brian for over 20 years. A gifted athlete, I first saw him emerging from the mist charging up a daunting hill during a Cross Country race in Virginia, and stood amazed as he ran down the Kenyans for victory. He is all heart, this one.

Brian Cork has made and lost fortunes. He has never had to think twice about giving away the very shirt from his back. He has lost businesses to predators and buried children. He has been lauded as a hero for being a volunteer firefighter; and wrongfully vilified as a stock swindler (I was one of his many investors, and he did brilliant work). Men of great stature and influence seek his counsel. Most simply enjoy being around him. Brian will say “we are all tied together by threads of continuity. So, we can and must make a difference in one another’s lives. It’s not only an obligation… the connection makes our lives richer and meaningful”. Every day he strengthens the very fabric of the business community – one thread at a time.

What I marvel at, what gives me such hope for a generation led by Brian Cork and his people, is that this man could overcome depression, self-doubt and other constraints of biology and not only act decisively, but retain his humanity. Like a figure from the Old Testament, Brian has wandered the earth, making mistakes, loving his family but causing them pain, despairing over the course of events, trying to divine God’s will. He could not know how things would turn out, but he has always done his best and maintained an unwavering faith in GOD, himself and people. He has always kept his moral compass pointed firm and true. And, now he helps other men find balance and success in their own lives.”

I’ve somehow managed to forget about that, and even neglected much of the history that generated it. but, it all comes rushing back to mind as I ponder the possibility that Chip is in my life to remind me of who I am, and what I need to do.

not be an example so much, but possibly the difference.

here’s an interesting thing… that quote above from Chip came moments ago, in terms of the span of time it’s taken to craft this post. I had asked Chip to remind me about two hours ago. and, his response came moments after I wrote the word “difference”.

our present always seems to converge with our past and future when time has no meaning other than purpose. I just made that up. seriously. but, that’s where I am. square in the mote of God’s eye. and He wants me to do something.

Lifting up Michael Jackson because he has lifted me up many times. here’s to the Man In the Mirror.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

1/ that would be the Holy Bible.

vanessa hudgens gets sucker punched naked

March17

I meant for this post title to be provocative.

just like the story below is meant to be stupid and misleading. we, collectively, should expect naught else from actors with low self-esteem and media that feeds the assinine frenzie.

New photos of VANESSA HUDGENS, which appear to show the actress completely naked, have leaked online.

it’s both amazing from a process perspective, and as a commentary on our society, that words like “naked” and “punched” generate big numbers when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”). in fact, I’ll tag this post with both words and be curious to see how many hits I get.

A third set of nude snaps, allegedly featuring Hudgens, were published on various websites on Tuesday morning.

The High School Musical star’s good girl image was first tarnished in 2007 when provocative pictures of Hudgens first appeared online. Last year, Hudgens was left red-faced again when new snaps circulated on the web.

Sources say whoever leaked the photos this time is trying to sabotage the star’s career. The untimely scandal arrives two weeks after Hudgens’ film Beastly hit U.S. theatres March 4th, and just before her next movie release, Sucker Punch, hits U.S. theatres on March 25th.

so… inching forward, this post might not be taking form like you want to expect.

my eight year old, Emma Jo, saw an advertisement for Beastly and recognized that it was, indeed similar to Beauty and the Beast. she reminded me that the “beauty” was lucky because the “beast” “…is a good dancer…”

I doubt either Emma Jo, or myself will actually see Beastly. but, I’m hopeful Ms. Hudgens gives the retelling of a solid parable a worthy effort. the choice of direction for her career, in that regard is more promising than troubling.

I’m not so sure about Sucker Punch, though. it’s writer, Zack Snyder has described the film as “Alice in Wonderland with machine guns”, including dragons, B-52 bombers and brothels. the imagery is rather stylized like The 300 (the ultimate guy film), and Watchmen. I want to see Sucker Punch, but not because of Hudgens. I want to see dragons, derigibles, zombies, explosions and Scott Glenn being a wise man (with both a samarai sword, and a straight face).

I’m skeptical that someone wants to “sabotage” the movie career of Hudgens – unless that “someone” is herself. she had to pose for those naked pictures right? she also had to be hanging out with “someone” that took the pictures, had the power, and lack of character, to post those pictures on the internet. and, she had to consciously choose not to learn some form of lesson from the first time all this occurred back in 2007.

or, maybe she did learn a lesson. those pictures of her nude are excellent advertisements for, what might be, provocative story-lines and content in both the up-coming movies. if she follows the career advice of other self-flaggelating actresses like Paris Hilton, no PR is bad PR, eh.

my challenge remains to try and keep my own daughters focused on a different path. Haley Anne, at fourteen, sees young women like Hudgens making a lot of money, wearing gorgeous clothes and dating Zak Efron, and the only trade-off is a decidedly different kind of character development than preparing for a movie. to be fair, it’s feasible that Ms. Hudgens can separate her person from her public personnae, and the internet exploitation is rationalized as being only business. but, I wonder what she is going to tell her own kids when they Google her.

I knew Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) back when we were both kids and in our mid-twenties. I was more often than not surfing and playing volley ball off the strand in Hermosa Beach, California and he was already making “interesting” moves both on-and-off screen. but, he was clear with his objective to laugh all the way to the bank. somehow, it’s all different when it comes to girls. so, I write about these things that weigh on my heart, shoulders and sense of responsibility as a citizen and father.

I’m also torn in business this week. I just helped one young entrepreneur secure seven million dollars ($7M) for a venture, rallied a long-time investor and friend of mine, Jack, to keep up the good fight even though young people are disappointing him everywhere he turns, and I just got punked by a young, eighteen-year-old entrepreneur I took a HUGE chance with my local reputation on the line. after only thirty days of coaching, he told me his team really only wanted me “…for my rolodex”, I was “slowing him down”, “things were not going as fas as he thought they should”, and, “…if [he] needed business advice he would go to his Dad (who has never been involved with start-ups in his, otherwise, storied career)”. I still think he is a good kid, and we have to be allowed to make mistakes. I’ve made some (really) big ones, despite great mentors. but, it’s only Thursday, and this has been a really whacky week.

I am really looking forward to soccer practice tonight with my U10 Shockers and the U14 Breakers (that’s another story I’m trying to get straight in my head). however, God is all over all of these touch-points.

I find myself searching for baring points. and, maybe I can’t help everyone (well… I actually, probably can, and do. some times some people just don’t like what they hear). many people are going to become great examples of Laws of Natural Selection. he’s certainly sucker punched himself. perhaps that is what what God is telling me through one humbling episode while also getting an opportunity to be taught other lessons by my Emma Jo, Jack and another young man who is making me (and hopefully his investor, proud) in terms of perspective.

I’ve long maintained that God’s greatest gift to us is discernment. I don’t want to debate the Christ element. whether He rose from the dead or not, his example remains “the gift that keeps on giving”. but, discernment allows for perspective and offers a foundation. and, in my case I’m thinking “example”.

I am determined to do my best work with anything and everything I do. it’s the vital difference between being pleased, and being satisfied. often the difference between success and failure. people from around the world seek my guidance. I can’t help people that won’t help themselves. Ms. Hudgens is an example of what I don’t want my daughters to be. one way or another that young entrepreneur is going to be an example of something, and it will be a lesson for many other people I work with over the next seventy years (I expect to find myself, at one hundred and twenty (120) years of age sitting outside of a Starbucks in China guiding some young champion. one day he’ll be annoyed because I fell asleep with an venti ice chai in my hand. but, I’ve actually faded to black – but, doing the thing  love almost as much as I do my daughters – helping great people make good decisions). I intend to be an example and baring point for my family, friends any generation of people that want or need a beacon.

why me, you ask?

I’ll let God sort that out. He gave me the tools, and the will and discernment to use them. I’m no ark. but, I believe in a covenant with everyone around me.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

government is not your business mr. obama

November22

so… if Barak Obama had even an inkling of how to understand business, conduct business, run a business, or what business means, I suspect he’d find himself on the Microsoft Board of Directors. Obama and Gates could then give each other insight as to how best to point fingers at, well, everyone else for their short-falls. remember, Gates stole his original idea from Steve Jobs, and Obama just short-“changed” everyone else.

I’ve always been a bit surprised that the Obama’s didn’t name their dog “Thomas Jefferson”, because Obama always seems determined to kick that legacy to hell, and daily.

Obama is mostly focused on just trying to stay in government. his actions are centric to keeping his job as opposed to doing his job. and, that makes him look like Microsoft which is surrounded by lawsuits for all manner of diabolical and insidious behavior.

we’ve, collectively, taken stock of Obama; we want none of it; and, it’s probably a good thing if you don’t own any of Microsoft’s.

by the way… it’s pretty clear to me he is following the example set by Tony Blair and positioning himself for a United Nations post after his (hopefully short) tour of duty through (as in burning) the Oval Office. he could then go back to his roots and act like he’s king-of-the-world.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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